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By Paul Barrett

Focusing at the paintings of black, diasporic writers in Canada, really Dionne model, Austin Clarke, and Tessa McWatt, Blackening Canada investigates the way during which literature can remodel conceptions of kingdom and diaspora. via a attention of literary illustration, public discourse, and the language of political protest, Paul Barrett argues that Canadian multiculturalism uniquely allows black diasporic writers to rework nationwide literature and identification. those writers grab upon the ambiguities and tensions inside Canadian discourses of kingdom to rewrite the country from a black, diasporic point of view, changing exclusion from the nationwide discourse into the impetus for his or her inventive endeavours.

Within this context, Barrett indicates, debates over who counts as Canadian, the boundaries of tolerance, and the breaking issues of Canadian multiculturalism serve now not as indicators of multiculturalism’s failure yet as evidence of either its power and of the original demanding situations that black writing in Canada poses to multicultural politics and the state itself.

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